PHILOSOPHY PURITY MADE SIMPLE PORE EXTRACTOR EXFOLIATING CLAY MASK REVIEW
My job in a nutshell: testing beauty products and then writing about them. Not rocket science, but important nonetheless. And while I love spending my days out of the office slathering on the newest creams, serums, and masks for whatever my next story may be, I’m not going to lie: Having someone slather the same stuff on their faces, right alongside you, makes the experience feel like fun…and not like work.
Unfortunately, I live with my boyfriend who isn’t all that big into skin care (or testing said skin care), despite years of relentless prodding (and, TBH, whining). No matter the amount of statistics or good-for-your-skin benefits I tick off in an attempt to sway his decision, he never gives in. (I guess I have to applaud his determination, but damn, dude, it’s a face mask — it won’t kill you.)
Just a few weeks ago, though, I was smearing on the new Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask and out of nowhere, he asked if he could…try it, too. (Insert hallelujah-hands emoji here.) So obviously I obliged, and we both went on our happy masking ways.
Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask is, just as its name suggests, a white clay-based mask made with exfoliating salicylic acid to sop up excess oil and minimize the appearance of pores. It’s great for someone with combination skin like mine, as it targets the oily areas, like the T-zone, while vacuuming out the gunk clogged in the blackheads speckled across my nose. (Ew, I know.)
But perhaps the best part of the treatment is that it requires only five minutes of your time. And even in a world where we live according to jam-packed iCals, I’m sure nearly everyone can find five short minutes to spare. Within the first 30 seconds of my applying the creamy mask to my freshly washed face (and my boyfriend’s), it was already starting to dry up. I didn’t even have time to turn on Netflix — it was practically crusting up by the time I made it to my couch.
After I let the mask fully dry (which, like I said, takes only about five minutes if you evenly coat the mask onto your face), I rinsed it off and found that my skin felt…tighter, but in a your-pores-are-now-squeaky-clean kind of way. It was also smooth to the touch and I had zero redness, which is surprising for my normally sensitive skin. As for my boyfriend’s skin? It looked great — and he thought so, too.
I believe his reaction after seeing his post-mask reflection was “Damn, I look good.” Now, if only I could convince him to moisturize…